Stephen Curry always told himself he’d participate in the NBA’s 3-point shootout until he won the event.
That happened in 2015. After losing the event to teammate Klay Thompson in 2016, Curry skipped last year. He told ESPN Friday he won’t participate this year, either.
“I told myself I was going to do it until I won,” Curry told the San Jose Mercury News last year. “Then I won. Then I had to defend. And then Klay beat me. So it’s a little bit of an internal battle.
Laine opened the scoring by putting a wrist shot past Lundqvist at 19:05 of the first period. He added on midway through the second period when he snapped off another wrist shot, then scored into an empty net with 34 seconds left.
Laine, the third overall pick of the 2016 draft, scored 36 goals in his rookie season. He leads the NHL in goals since entering the league with 74. Ovechkin and Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov each have 73.
Considering its talent, Milwaukee (24-22) has largely been considered an underachieving team this season. Bucks general manager Jon Horst has been clear that the franchise’s ultimate goal is to compete for championships.
Horst added that Prunty “has the knowledge and experience, along with the respect of our players and staff, to get the job done.” Prunty has spent 22 seasons around the NBA and has served as the head coach of Great Britain’s men’s national team.
In addition to the Prunty announcement, the Bucks announced the addition of Vin Baker to their coaching staff. Baker is a familiar face in Milwaukee; he spent the first four seasons of his NBA playing career there and played in three All-Star games as a Buck. More recently, Baker was a member of the Bucks’ broadcast team and will be leaving the broadcast booth for the bench.
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The Bucks, who currently hold the Eastern Conference’s eighth seed, plan to conduct a thorough coaching search in the offseason.